Western Maryland Reforestation Program 2023

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Each year, the goal of the Western Maryland Reforestation Program is to implement native tree plantings on a large scale in order to provide the region with the associated benefits; including the improvement of the water quality of local watersheds and the Chesapeake, erosion control, flood mitigation and storm water management, carbon sequestration, and wildlife habitat enhancement. In spring 2023, Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council implemented the latest season of our Reforestation Program by planting native tree seedlings on 89 acres of private and public land, including 24.6 acres of forest buffer, in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties. These projects were completed in partnership with 6 private landowners, the Antietam National Battlefield, the Ridenour Swamp Wildlife Management Area, and the Maryland Forest Service. Funding support was provided by the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and One Tree Planted. To maximize the success of this project, each planting site will receive ongoing planting maintenance through the project’s end date of June 2025.

19.9-acre, formerly-mined planting on private land in Allegany County (George’s Creek Watershed) planted by WMRC&D Council in Spring 2023.
3.6-acre riparian buffer planting on Flintstone Creek (Town Creek Watershed) on private land in Allegany County, planted in Spring 2023 by WMRC&D Council.
34.9-acre planting at Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, including 14.5 acres of forest buffer in the Antietam Creek Watershed.
1.7 acre planting completed in Spring 2023 on private land by WMRC&D Council in the Potomac River Upper North Branch Watershed (Garrett County). This planting incorporated tree species which were specifically selected to provide early season food for pollinators, including crabapple, hazelnut, and serviceberry.